We’ve had outstanding paddling weather this last week and the forecast says it's going to continue thru the weekend, which will be great for our paddle on Saturday.
Our paddle this coming Saturday, March 8, will be around the South end of the Island, and is one of the most spectacular trips on our route around Oahu.i
The area on this route, from Makapuu to Hawaii Kai, is always wonderfully scenic as we get to paddle past the huge Sea-cliffs at Makapuu point where we’ll enjoy spectacular views, cool little coves to explore along the route, a rest stop at either Allan Davis, or Cockroach Cove(where they filmed the beach scene in the movie "From here to Eternity” the toilet bowl(conditions permitting), and last but not least the 2nd set of sea-cliffs going around Koko Head. Much of this area people just don’t get to see if they aren’t paddlers cause it’s not accessible from the road, and most paddlers don’t get to see it unless they organize an outing something like ours.
This is also a route where we sometimes see plenty of whale activity along the way.
It’s a 8.5 mile paddle so it should be about 3 hours of paddling, and if you’re prone to sea-sickness, ya better take something for it on this route. If the wind and surf are down for this trip, it’ll be easy enough for our newer paddlers to start or end their paddle at Sandy beach, which comes fairly close to cutting the course length in half. Ya wouldn’t want to do that though if there is much surf on the South Shore, so if it’s your plan to do that, I suggest you call for the surf report[masked] #3) and drive by there and have a look at it before you meet at the put-in point.
Presently, the weather forecast is calling for winds between 5 and 20 MPH, which usually means the winds will average around 10-15 mph which should make for a nice day for a pleasant paddle.
However, we always suggest that everyone check the weather forecast on the morning our our paddles and make sure the conditions are within your capabilities. if the weather forecast calls for winds over 20 MPH on this route the ocean off the cliffs of Makapuu and Koko head gets pretty sloppy. For the weather forecast on the morning of the paddle, you can call[masked] #2 to get wind speeds and press #3 for the surf report for the South end of the Island.
So, here’s the plan….We’ll be meeting at Baby Makapuu(directly accross from Sea Life Park) at 8:00 AM. We'll leave to shuttle the cars to Hawaii Kai at 8:20, and we should be paddling away at 9:00- 9:15 AM. We can plan on finishing up around 1PM, depending on how much we hang out at the rest stops.
OK, gang, this is a really spectacular route, so let’s all pray for light winds and low surf, and I’ll see you there!